Due to ongoing corruption scandals, and the damage caused to the Constitution, the economy and South Africa’s international reputation, the DA had decided to give President Jacob Zuma an F- on his report card, party leader Mmusi Maimane said on Thursday.

At the release of the report at Parliament, Maimane said the report was a comprehensive evaluation of Zuma and his Cabinet, who “embody a government that does not want to be held accountable and who put the needs of the ANC before the needs of the country and its people”, Netwerk24 reported.

“The entire country wants him to go. If we could have given him less than an F- we would have,” Maimane said.

No minister got an A.

 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor got Bs.

Pandor’s B was her third in a row from the DA, who said her department “has clear direction and strategy and she has reached her targets”.

Maimane said Gordhan, despite having both hands tied behind his back and thus being unable to effect structural reform to boost economic growth and create jobs, had committed to a “prudent, sustainable fiscal policy trajectory”, aimed at reducing expenditure, raising revenue, managing fiscal risks at state-owned enterprises in order to close the budget deficit, achieve a primary surplus, and stabilise debt.

“If Gordhan is removed, the way will be cleared for ANC tsotsis to plunder the state coffers,” he added.